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I make my journey early for the fine people within the FTL thread!

Over the years, I've been delivering gifts all over the world, but I'm always hoopy when it comes to the good people of this thread!!!
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1. Board Game: Kittens in a Blender [Average Rating:5.72 Overall Rank:7748]
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Dear Secret Santa - For now your secret is still safe, as i have yet to figure out your identity! Thank you so much for sending me Kittens in a Blender as well as

Board Game: More Kittens in a Blender
I have been looking for this game for quite some time. It was one of the first card games i became interested in when i learned about the boardgame hobby. I have searched in many stores and failed every time, however, it never dawned on me to check the internet (where many wonders can be found)! So, seeing this game plus the expansion that i never knew existed made my Thanksgiving Morning!

I wasn't planning on opening any of my exchange packages until Christmas Day, however, Santa told me i had special permission because of the circumstances upon receiving this gift.

I was sitting in my apartment wasting time on Facebook not feeling very well. I had roughly two hours to kill before my boyfriend came over and i was sooooo bored. Suddenly, my front door opens. I looked up from my computer to see my door suddenly close. I didn't know what to do, so i got up and walked to the door and i see the Amazon dude blushing. He apologized so many times explaining how he thought that he was entering the hall way to an apartment complex, he didn't realize that it was the actual apartment itself. He asked if he had the correct address, and i confirmed it, then he literally ran to his car. I think he was about to cry. I yelled that it was ok, and not to worry about it, but i don't think he heard me.

Normally my door is locked as soon as i enter my apartment, i guess this cold has made me forgetful!

Santa has informed me that this was package 1 out of 3. I will most likely wait until Christmas Day to open the rest. Thanks again Santa, this will get many plays leading up until Christmas.

Update 11/30:

From gallery of partangel
Santa your two boxes arrived safe and sound. I went ahead and opened the main boxes because they were soaked from today's rain. No worries, the wrapping is still in tact. They have been placed under the tree. Hopefully, the cats will not disturb them!

Update 12/4:
My Santa sent me a message last week stating that s/he emailed me a digital version of a boardgame and to be on the look out for it. Today I received an email from Northstar Digital Studios with the link to play Evolution on my tablet! I'm super excited. Thank you so much!

Only 21 more days until i open the rest of your gifts!

Update 12/23:

Santa, I know I said I was going to wait until Christmas to open these, but that was before I realized how many places i have to be tomorrow and Monday. My boyfriend and I exchanged gifts last night with his family and it was at that time I decided to open my gifts from you. Thank you so much! I LOVE them all!

My awesome Santa picked out:

Board Game: Evolution: Climate
AHHH Santa! I was soooo excited to see this! I just learned of this expansion when putting together my wish list. I honestly can't wait to add this to my base game. I would have been happy to just see this, but Santa also included



Board Game: Evolution: Flight
Now this i have known about for quite some time. I believe i learned about the base game and this expansion together! I am so excited to learn this and the other expansion to add new and exciting challenges to my game. I am planning an epic Evolution game in the very near future. My boyfriend isn't gonna know what hit him! laugh





Board Game: Kokoro: Avenue of the Kodama
Evolution expansions would have been plenty to give me this year...but Santa went above and beyond and found me this beauty of a game! Super excited to receive this. I just learned about this game from the JVMF auction and i was bummed when i found out it was a kickstarter game and i thought i would never have it. I already have Kodama: The Tree Spirits and i thought it was very well done. This was something i only hoped to add to my collection one day! Apparently that day came faster than i thought. I think (please correct me) that inside this box is also some promo cards for Kodama the Tree Spirits??? If so, that is super awesome. I know they LOOK like cards that would belong in that game.

Thank you so much FTL Santa! You have made this a very awesome Evolution Christmas. I love everything you have given me. I hope you have a Merry Christmas.




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I was just informed that my FTL Santa is the same fellow who sent me

Board Game: Mysterium: Game Day 2016 Promo Card

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in a Christmas card. I naturally thought it was from the FTL card exchange. I thanked him and didn't think much of it. How he kept his cool is beyond me. I missed the first clue when he replied "Ho Ho Ho" (yes...i am sometimes slow).

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2. Board Game: Carcassonne: The City [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:647]
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You can read about my 2017 Christmas Experience at BGG here.

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2017 FTL Secret Santa

What do you know, the first letter to receive is from FTL Secret Santa!

Santa wants attention.

Feel the Love Santa wrote:
Dear Eugene.

I feel very honoured and almost jittery to be your Santa this year.
Now, I realize you've been good this year, with charity work and whatnot. So I got my best people on the case to find you something very nice. Please make sure that your wishlist and list of owned items is up to date at all times during the season.
But there are more questions:
- Would you be equally happy about used items, if they are in good condition and high on your wishlist?
- Are there any allergies at your home that Santa should know about?

I have to be off to work now.

Have a good time,

Santa
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Hi Santa,

Thanks for the kind words, it is always good to know that I am on the good list.

I believe my list is as up to date as it can be, will keep updating if I receive anything else! I even tried to add in comments in the wishlist on the editions and what not.

I will be extremely happy to received good condition items especially if they are high on my wishlist, do not really need it to be in first hand. Some of the items I have been trying to find for ages but still have not have the opportunity to add them to my collection.

Well, I am unable to take alcohol and my wife and son have G6PD deficiency, otherwise, we are good. Thanks for asking!

Hope to hear from you soon! Thank you for taking the time!

With warmest regards,
Eugene


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Received yet another reply from Santa!

Helloohoho

Feel the Love Santa wrote:
Helloohoho,

Thank you for your nice letter. You just made it onto the "very good" list.
Well, since your list is up to date and I have been preparing for this event all year something will be on the way to you soon. I will not buy in one of those newfangled online shoppes, so this will take a while.

I see my foreign colleague Skyrgamur has sent you some strange looking edibles from his home. Could you describe to me how that was in a few words? It looks certainly interesting.

I assume you prefer your games in English, isn't that right? It may be that your gift comes with rules in Northpolish Elven. But they can easily be found on BGG. I hope that is fine by you.

I hope your family is well and your son is growing up nicely. By now he should be moving around a lot.


Have a santastic time!

best regards,

Frederic Theodore Lucas Santos Santa III.

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Hi Frederic Theodore Lucas Santos Santa III,

Are you the King of all Santas! :O Well, I am very happy that I have made it to the "Very Good" list! Yippee!

Just updated another bunch of promos that I have received from backing the Dice Tower Indiegogo Season 13 campaign. I received Promo Packs A to F. Not sure if that helps. I tried to find as many of the promos listed as possible. Tom also just replied to say that 3 of the promos are missing because he never received those, namely Pack A: 3 Wishes, Pack C: World Monuments Promo and Pack E: Arcane Academy. Otherwise, the list is pretty up to date.

Thank you, Santa for taking so long to prepare for this. The Icelandic snacks were very thoughtful, we shared it with friends but guess we aint as accustomed to it so it took awhile for us to finish it. To describe in a few words, hmmm... Probably "out of our world"!

Yup will prefer in English but should be able to find the rules on BGG, as long as it is language independent, it should be fine! I do have quite a number of games from other languages, German mainly, Northpolish Elven will be VERY INTERESTING indeed. Got to get Elrond to help!

Oh yes! Titus is quite a handful, running around and squeezing himself into tight spaces. Still a joy to our family! Thank you for your kind thoughts!

With warmest regards,
Eugene


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Well, while I was away for a work plan trip overseas at Kuching, I received not 1 but 2 letters from Santa!

Re:Helloohoho

Feel the Love Santa wrote:
Hi again Eugene.

Well I'm flattered, but no, I am no king. Simply the third Santa of the same name.

I've got good and bad news.
Good news first. Stuff is on it's way to Singapore. Bad news next. I messed up on the ZIP code, too many packages today. I hope the Singaporian outpost manages to find you, otherwise I'll be heartbroken.

Let's hope for the best and here is the sleigh number so we can both follow up on our little envelop's progress: CG001318634IS

happy summer wishes you,

F.T.L.S.Santa
Re:Helloohoho

Feel the Love Santa wrote:
Hello Eugene.

Exciting news! The elves returned and report that the parcel happily arrived. Can you confirm that it arrived at the right destination after the unfortunate ZIP code mess up?

Everything in the box is wrapped, so you can safely open.
As for the gifts themselves: please open them at any time convenient to you.

The last year's you made those nice geeklists summarizing all of your bgg Christmas experiences. I you find the time it would be great if you could do that again. It will be a valuable resource for future Santas.

pre-christmassy wishes to you and your family,

FTLS Santa
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Hi FTLS Santa,

It just dawned on me about your name is just the acronym! Now I understand why the name and why you are the third! Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to source for the gifts for me! So no worries, even with the error in postal code the package reached me safely!

I am also very happy to have received my Citizenship Recognition - Level III Star too! So many wonderful news!

After the tiring trip, I was informed that I have a parcel for me and here it is,

From gallery of BayushiKira


However, I was really sick and feeling drained so didn't manage to open it until today. To my surprise, Titus has a game of his own too!

So he got really excited and open all the gifts before playing a game together with my wife and myself. In the end, we lost as the bird was able to reach the fruits before we got the last yellow fruit into the basket!

Thanks Santa for getting the promos and games for both Titus and myself. I am sure we will enjoy playing all of them. Here's what I received this year!

From gallery of BayushiKira


Merry Christmas to you and your family too! Thank you for making it so special for us!

With warmest regards,
Eugene


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Feel the Love Santa wrote:
Hello Eugene.

Good that everything arrived well. I was worried due to the zip code mixup.

I hope you have recovered well from stress and sickness and have a calm and cozy family holiday to look forward to.

Being your designated Santa has truly been a delight.

It may be a bit early for this, but I wish you and the ones close to you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Signed,

FTLSS and his little helpers.
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Hi FTLSS and all the lttle helpers,

Thank you so much for the kind words, quite a few of the family is now sick, my mom, Titus and myself. Think Titus had it worst. Thankfully we are on the road to recovery. Some things just need a little time.

Here's wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year too! Hope you got great presents too.

With warmest regards,
Eugene


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3. Board Game: Star Wars: Imperial Assault [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:40]
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More information, pictures, long-winded rambles, and exclamation marks to come!! Just had to at least get my placeholder ready!

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Okay, I have decided to spare you all and try to keep this short and sweet!

I’ll start by saying that my FTL SS is no other than JULIA!!

I was surprised because she did a rather good job of throwing me off her tracks!

A few years ago, Julia was my W&G SS in an envelope exchange, which was quite funny, because we started corresponding with one another frequently at that time, and I had no idea I was her target! Julia advised me on thematic style games, which I wasn’t familiar with at the time. She was a huge reason I got into Lovecraft, and why I bought Elder Sign, Lord of the Rings LCG, and Eldritch Horror.

We continued to chat and build a friendship, when Julia and her husband did something AMAZING for me (and Paul!). I was struggling with the final stages of my Italian dual citizenship that would allow me to live in The Netherlands with Paul. There was a language barrier and inconsistent information from different sources. Julia and Andrea offered to help, and spent hours of time helping me!

So, I was already grateful for the friendship, and this lovely gesture was just so unbelievably special!

To see Julia was my Santa again made me so happy!! And once again, she showed her generosity and thoughtfulness. What an incredible person!!

So, here we go...

From gallery of alicialaura


IMPERIAL ASSAULT!!! JUST IN TIME FOR THE AI APP THAT WILL LET PAUL AND I PLAY THIS COOPERATIVELY!!! Insert squeals of excitement!! I am beyond excited!!

And Orleans: Trade & Intrigue!!! My first ever G4GG win!! And so happy to have it!!

And...

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HANDMADE ORNAMENTS OF MY CATS. <3 <3 HOW FREAKIN’ COOL IS THAT!!?

And...

From gallery of alicialaura


From gallery of alicialaura


Another ornament!! And with the Santa and envelope...it makes me think of that very special envelope exchange that coincided with us becoming friends!!

AND WE AREN’T EVEN DONE YET...

From gallery of alicialaura


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A CAT BAG!!! I’m too scared to put my makeup in it yet, as I don’t want a single stain on this beauty!! But I can’t wait to use it for my travels!!

And yummy chocolate and a cool snowman card to top it all off...

Seriously feeling blessed.

Thank you so much, Julia!! You’re the best!!
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4. Board Game: Vast: The Crystal Caverns [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:573] [Average Rating:7.20 Unranked]
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So, the big reveal. Yes, Caysi did send two games. One for me and one for Naomi.

She did buy Roll For It:Deluxe. Naomi and I have already played it, and shockingly enough I beat her. It was a best two out of three. I felt pretty good afterwards, as I never beat her in games like this.

Sadly I didn’t take pictures of that, and I am sorry for that. I wasn’t thinking about that at the time, because I was winning. And yeah... didn’t want to mess that up.

So... the gift for me was the game mentioned above.

From gallery of Xeserox


The above is the first game of it. It was a 5 player game in which the thief won. I was playing the thief when the win happened, but I didn’t play him for the whole game. I actually started on the knight. We were letting a large number of people try out different roles in the game.

It was an awesome time, but I am sure some mistakes were made.

So,

From gallery of Xeserox


I set up a solo game as the dragon. There is a variant that comes within the box, for single player play. So I got a good feel for how the dragon plays and interacts with the whole game. In fact, I think choosing the dragon for the first solo game was the smartest. You get a good idea of how the role will interact with the rest of the roles in the game, and how important it is.

From gallery of Xeserox


I ended up winning. I had set the difficulty set on hard for the variant (set with no cubes moved form the sloth track to the wakefulness) and then the dragon on standard difficulty (need to move 11 cubes from sloth to wakefulness to wake up).

This is only the first play, but that above picture shows that I won the game. I woke up as the dragon and got out. I don’t think i played things wrong, but I am going to play again, as the dragon and be a little more ontop of things when I do. This play was done while watching The Punisher.

Over all I love it!

Caysi seems to have become my own person board game shopper. This is the third time in a row she has gotten me as a target for an FTL Secret Santa. And she is good! She is really really good!

Anyway, Very very happy... Maybe you could say I too am a Happy Fishie.

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5. Board Game: Port Royal: The Adventure Begins... [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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This showed up unexpectedly at my door today.
Well, not entirely unexpected as Santa had informed my he sent something my way. But I wasn't expecting his gift this quickly.

Since I was expecting stuff from Amazon and this came in an Amazon box I opened it without even thinking about it. Turns out, it wasn't what I ordered.
And neither had my parents or my sister, so I concluded it must be from Santa.
Unfortunately, there's no card or other identifying feature, so I have no idea whom to thank.

But thank you nonetheless! kiss


EDIT:
And today a mid-sized envelope showed up, containing the first issue of Crimson Skies: Spicy Air Tales – Volume 1! In very good condition, no less. (And it also included a dark pink, pearlescent d6, too.) So that's already awesome, but the was also a shipping slip included that gave me the identity of my benefactor.

So thak you very, very much, Stefán. kiss


EDIT #2:
And yet another small package showed up later today! It seems that Santa wants to include my mom in his gift-giving holiday spirit as well, as this package contained Exit: The Game – The House of Riddles, which I had on my wishlist for my mom.
But then, making my mom happy makes me happy too, so that certainly works out in everyone's favor.

However, with so many things showing up over time, I now begin to wonder if there is even more coming ...
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6. Board Game: A Study in Emerald [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:783]
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And now its my turn!

Today I found a box at my computer (my wife had put it there, I think).

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Carefully I oppened the box, and inside I found: Lots of flamingo fill, LOTS of candy, a letter and a nicely wrapped gift. I carefully sifted through the flamingo and collected all the candy. SO MUCH!

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Then I turned my attention to the letter. It was from my favorite Ork - Michael. I carefully read the instructions. It told me NOT to open the gift untill he tells me to! NOOooohh.... I panicked - just a bit. And then I discovered the secret letter in front of the christmas card.

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Inside I found A Study in Emerald. Thank you so much, Michael. Awesome gift, and i love the idea with the letter!
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7. Board Game: Mission: Red Planet (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:256]
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Thank you Thank you Thank you so much Santa!

I’ve been super impatient and thank you so much for putting up with my incessant nagging mails!

As I was stepping out to work this morning, I found a package at my doorstep!
Now the USPS truck usually visits our neighborhood only during evenings. So it was pleasantly and totally surprising!!
I was so excited but was also getting late for work!

I decided to get the box to my work and unwrap it at my desk!!
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Thank you so much! I can’t wait to play it!!
Now I know my Santa mentioned that this is one of his favorite games. I’ve been everyone’s profile from FTL and I believe my Santa is.....
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Thank you so much!


Happy Holidays, A Merry Christmas, and a very happy New Year!!
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8. Board Game: Dice Forge [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:322]
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, sent me Dice Forge and also Exit: The Pharaoh's Tomb. Beyond this I got an ornament commemorating this year's FTL Exchange.

I have since gotten Dice Forge to the table twice and will get Exit to the table here very soon.
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9. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:162]
Board Game: Go
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I forgot to post here (I tend to forget a lot )

I received two books on how to play Go and after new year's I plan to join the Go players who meet every other Thursday at my FLGS.

There´s also more stuff coming my way - I'll update the post when it arrives.

Thank you Santa - I've started reading the first book, but the other one has to wait a while, until I've borrowed a Go board to have in front of me I'm really excited to dig into this game.
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10. Board Game: Fields of Arle [Average Rating:8.09 Overall Rank:56]
Board Game: Fields of Arle
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It's that time of the year again. When there's a ton of snow outside, and you're buried with work and tons of stress, and you hear your doorbell ring and you think "where's my shotgun". And then, like there's a sort of benign magic operating in the universe, when you open the door, instead of finding an inappropriate door-to-door salesman trying to exploit Christmas, you find a little, lovable elf buried under the weight of a gynormous parcel coming from "Santa"

You feed cookies and milk to the poor elf, and you grab that parcel as if it were your most beloved precious

From gallery of Scarlet Witch


Suddently, your inner child's happy, and you start opening the parcel, only to discover there's a ton more to open on the inside, among different wrapped gifts, and letters, and mysterious smallish gifts

From gallery of Scarlet Witch


So, you make the bubble wrap explode and gift wrappings land on your floor as if it were snowing joy in your home, and emotions start to flow because...

it's not a game. It's a huge game. And it's not alone...

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And they are all so fantastic!!! Fields of Arle was a game I was dying to try, but could find anywhere, and here it is. Sure thing, it's the Dutch edition, but in-game text shouldn't be too overwhelming, and my superawesome Santa also thought about having the English rulebook printed for me in high-quality (seriously, Santa, how awesome are you??)

And Orleans... let's say I've got some back history with the game, but I couldn't dream of a better way to make up with the game than this one. So, I'm really super-happy for this one as well!

And all the small packets contained a ton of delicious sweets!

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Thank you Santa! You're absolutely fantastic!!!




For those curious, my Santa was my friend

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11. Board Game: IKI [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:1411]
Board Game: IKI
Hello FTL.

Wednesday night the postman rang the bell to drop off a package. It being from my favourite online game retailer I thought it must either be the long awaited Secret Santa or I had another episode of sleep-ordering games again.

Turns out it was my super mysterious FTL Secret Santa or rather his red robed helper dropping off a heavily bubble wrapped copy of IKI. A game that was at wishlist level 1 and moved ahead in the to be learned line upon receival.
Thank you Santa and have a nice, healthy year 2ö18!

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12. Board Game: Concept [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:719]
Board Game: Concept
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I am a bit behind on updating this, as I got a parcel from World of Boardgames quite some time before Christmas but did not open it untill Christmas.

It showed up to be the above concept, and the excellent No Thanks!.

A big thank you to my secret santa for this.
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